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Recent news from the Department of Biology

Plastic waste is shown mixed in with a catch of many small fish.

River ‘plastisphere’ serves as home to ecosystem-draining organisms

New research explores the microbial communities that live on plastic waste and how they impact the 2nd most biodiverse river in the world

A group talks at a table outside

Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology 2024 symposium merges disciplines at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Smoke from the Caldor Fire over Lake Tahoe.

Lakes across North America are being impacted by wildfire smoke, even when the blaze is nowhere nearby

99% of lakes were impacted by wildfire smoke for at least one day each year between 2019-2021, 89% saw 30 days or more of smoke